With great power comes great responsibility and with great ingredients generally comes a higher price tag. With the introduction of The Bibo and Nicli, the old concept of pizza in Vancouver has changed. Pizza is no longer the meal that you give to your friends after you move or watch a UFC fight. 30 dollars doesn't get you a large pizza with stuffed crust at these new pizzarias. The gourmet pizza is here and there are more and more opening up in the neighbourhood.
Welcome Verace (meaning true, genuine or real) to Tinseltown/Gastown. The location surprised me, as it wasn't on the developed side of Keefer but down in the cul-de-sac by TnT. The interior wasn't impressive, it felt like what a tourist trap in Rome (or in Vancouver, for that matter) would look like. It's not something that you would hate or feel dirty in, just nothing original.
We ordered a three pizzas for the group of three. The Verace Margherita DOP (more on that certification just below), Funghi and Prosciutto e Rucola; all were about 18 dollars each.
DOP Certification: Verace offers two types of Margherita pizza. The DOP version was about 5 dollars more.
The San Marzano tomato is Italy's most famous plum tomato. The tomatoes are grown in Campania, in the volcanic soil from Mount Vesuvious (maybe the bones from the citizens of Pompeii helped keep the soil rich with organic matter and give the tomatoes a nice taste) and harvested by hand. Naples, commonly known as the birthplace of pizza, is located in Campania. The origin of these tomatoes is so important that they receive a EU certification, for which companies that qualify can boast using the DOP logo ( label.